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The Costs of Having Your Dog Spayed or Neutered

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After having your puppy undergo its series of required vaccinations, the next major expense is having your pet spayed or neutered. The cost of the spay and neuter surgery may vary from animal hospital to animal hospital. Some shelters and special organizations nowadays, have made these surgeries now even more affordable for people with lower incomes. With a little bit of research and following some guidelines today, you can easily get your dog  fixed for under $100. Following are some tips so to be better prepared on what to expect and how to avoid sticker shock.

Things to Know and How to Reduce Costs of Spaying and Neutering

-If you own a female dog, the cost of having her spayed will be slightly higher than having a male dog neutered. This is because having a female spayed is a more invasive procedure than having a male dog neutered.

-Spaying a female while she is in heat is going to cost more than having her spayed when she is not in heat. This is because once in heat there is more swelling and the surgery may be a bit more complicated.

-Spaying a pregnant dog  will also increase the price.

-If your dog is over weight you will see the prices increase. because surgeries are based on weight. Often the surgery prices are categorized by dogs under 25 pounds, dogs 26 to 50 pounds and dogs 52 pounds and above. However, each hospital has their own protocol.

-Cryptorchid  dogs will cost significantly higher. These are dogs whose testicles have not descended. In this case, the surgery is more complicated and invasive because the vet will have to open the abdomen to remove the testicle. This may easily up the cost considerably.

-If your dog  is not up to date on its core vaccinations, it may need to be placed under isolation. This may mean there will be an isolation fee.

-If you are spaying an older pet and it has not been seen by your vet for over a year, it may require an office visit and this will add up to the costs.

-Older pets generally over the age of 5, may require pre-anesthetic bloodwork to ensure their organs are working well and able to undergo anesthesia.

-Pain meds may add to the costs. The generally cost between $25 an $50 dollars, however they may be helpful and are generally recommended.

-Low spay surgery clinics generally cost significantly less than regular veterinary clinics (sometimes even half of what hospitals charge). However, they will not keep pets overnight. So expect to pick up a groggy pet that may need special care and monitoring until the anesthesia wears off.

-Following are some examples of costs in normal veterinary hospitals (however, these costs will vary from hospital to hospital and from weight of dog). These include overnight hospitalizations, surgery and stitch removals.

-Dog spay from $ 150.00 to 300.00

-Dog neuter from $150.00 to 200.00

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-Cat Spay from $180.00 to $250.00

-Cat Neuter from $100.00 to $180.00

*The prices above are just a general idea and will vary from place to place. Theydo not include pain meds. Low cost spay and neuter programs may charge significantly less.

As seen, there are several ways owners can cut their costs of having their pets spayed and neutered. To prevent the problem of over filled shelters many low cost spay and neuter clinics are now available. Call your local humane society for more information or look for spay and neuter events in major pet retail stores.

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sunflowerlady on February 25, 2013:

Remember Bob Barker on "The Price Is Right" and how he ended every show by saying "help control the pet population - get your pets spayed and neutered". Millions of innocent dogs and cats are destroyed in shelters every year!!!! MILLIONS. There are not enough homes for all the pets in our country. How anyone can own a dog/cat and not be responsible is beyond me. Everyone please do the right thing; as Mr Barker requested!!! God bless.

tasksgirl from Los Angeles, CA on May 12, 2011:

I always wanted to let my dog have puppies but after learning how complicated it is to register them with the city if they aren't spayed it looks like I will have to spay her after all :(

Where I live they need to be registered if you take them to dog parks, etc.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 21, 2009:

Very sorry to hear that. Did you think about having another vet perform an autopsy to see what went wrong? You have all the right to know what happened exactly. Did this vet perform any pre-anesthetic bloodwork? How old was your dog?

theresa4lee from tn on December 21, 2009:

I'm sorry to say for me the cost of spaying our female pit bull lucky was just way to high. It coast Lucky her life, and the vet in clay county didn't care enough to know her name or explain what went wrong. or to even call us when she dide. I guess mabey when he sees a pet he sees dollar sighns. I see my pets as a loved member of our family who need us to protect them from people like this. To bad

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